In the Know

An Internal Newsletter from the SISD Communications Dept.

Historic Freedom Riders Make a Stop at Sherman High School

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February is Black History Month, and to show appreciation to people that sacrificed so much during the Civil Rights movement, Sherman High School held a town hall meeting featuring members of the historical Freedom Riders.

Six individuals that courageously participated in Freedom Rides in the 1960s spent time sharing their experiences of fighting for civil rights with the junior class of Sherman High School. The panel shared stories of their heroic activism during the time of segregation in the United States and answered questions from students during a Q&A portion of the meeting.

During a volatile time in our nation's history, groups of extraordinary individuals of all races rode interstate buses into southern states in the early sixties. These rides were in protest of the inaction of enforcing the Supreme Court decision of Morgan v. Virginia, which ruled that segregated public buses were unconstitutional. Fred Anderson was a member of the Freedom Riders as a teen and admitted that he didn't realize the impact his involvement with the Freedom Riders would have on the nation.

"I think it was a huge trigger movement because the acts of the Freedom Riders put the struggles of African Americans on the front line and made it hard to ignore," Anderson expressed as he addressed the students in the audience.

Anderson, along with his fellow Freedom Riders, sat candidly in front of the students and talked about their experiences as African Americans during a time of segregation and their impact as members of the Civil Rights movement. SHS Junior Connor Jefferson listened to the stories and is grateful for the opportunity to hear the Freedom Riders’ stories and learn about their direct impact on our society.

“It’s amazing to have the ability to watch fascinating people share their history right before my eyes. The idea that they looked like normal people, but they caused such a big impact in our history is just so interesting," Jefferrson said. "The entire time, I was just thinking about what it would be like for me to go through the same hardships and barriers, and if I would’ve done the same.”

Each year, the Freedom Riders visit various schools throughout the nation to share their story and memories of becoming a Freedom Rider. This year, their time has been spent reflecting on their historical memories with the student of SHS. Their ultimate goal is to help students realize that they also have the ability to be activists and make a change.

“We look forward to the visits and we look forward to the future,” Anderson expressed. “The way things are going now, we need to encourage this generation to help keep us moving forward and inspire others to change. That’s what this is about.”

Sherman High School Teachers Recognized at FCCLA Conference

FCCLA students recently attended the Region III FCCLA conference. Multiple students placed in several categories and Sherman High School teacher Symantha Murray and Coordinator of Post-Secondary Readiness & CTE Katie Morris were given honorary memberships to FCCLA. Murray was also elected to the FCCLA state board of directors. Congratulations!
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2020 Retirement Reminder

SISD pays you for a portion of unused local leave at retirement. This is in accordance with Board Policy DEC (Local). We want to make sure you are all aware of the timelines set out in this policy. The intent of this information is not to encourage anyone to retire, we simply do not want any employee to miss out on this opportunity.

If a professional contracted employee intends to retire at the end of 2020, he or she must submit a letter of resignation to Human Resources no later than 4:00 pm on the date listed below:

187 Day Contract Employee- Thursday, February 27, 2020
207 Day Contract Employee- Tuesday, March 3, 2020
226 Day Contract Employee- Thursday, March 26, 2020

If a non-contracted employee intends to retire and desires payment for local sick leave, then he or she must submit a letter of resignation to Human Resources no later than two weeks prior to the last day of employment. If a retiring SISD employee does not meet this requirement, he or she will not be paid for any local sick leave upon retirement as determined by SISD Board Policy. If you have any questions about this, please call the SISD Human Resources Department.

Early Voting for Educators

Early voting for the Texas Primary Election began on February 18 and continues through February 28. You have registered to vote; you are researching candidates and building your ballot; and now it is time for the most important step – voting!

The best way to create a culture of voting in our public schools is by demonstrating that voting is easy, fun, and important. Educator Voting Day launched on February 18th and you can still participate in showcases your civic engagement.

Ways to participate:

  • Participate in early voting now until February 28 and wear your “I voted” sticker proudly.
  • Take a selfie with your “I voted” sticker and post on social media.
  • Feel free to tag @TxEdVote and use the hashtags #Vote #Txed #Txlege #TxEdVote
  • Encourage friends, family, coworkers, and students to vote early!
  • Share the following website with links to research and voting info.

Happy Voting!

Upcoming District Events

  • February 20 - SHS Varsity Softball vs Ball High School @ Galveston Ball High School
  • February 20 - SHS Varsity Track and Field @ Aubrey High School
  • February 26 - Connecting the Dots Expo at Hilton Garden Inn @ 1pm-6pm
  • February 27 - SHS Bilingual Night SHS @ 5:30pm-8pm
  • February 28 - Band on the Run Pasta Dinner 6pm
  • February 29 - Sherman Symphony Orchestra at Kidd Key Auditorium @ 7:30pm
  • March 2-6 - Diagnosticians Week, National School Breakfast Week, Texas Public School Week

Community Events

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